Homemade cat food recipe

This article only applies to cats and is about home-made fish chow. At the time of writing food prices are going up and this applies to canned cat food. What can you do when your spoiled cat refuses to eat the most expensive brands on the market any more or what it does eat goes beyond your budget?

This writer recently inherited this cat that was very spoiled and did not want to feed it canned luxury tuna, even though it loved it so much. The cans only contained 55 percent tuna at most and did not specify what species of tuna. Being concerned with over-fishing, this writer wanted to feed the cat more ethically.

It refused expensive Marks and Spencer’s cat food with chicken and even luxury mackerel from there but did eat meat in Jelly from Asda which has been continued, along with the cheaper dry biscuits available most of the time as a permanent “supplemental feed” it nibbles on between wet meals twice a day.

Today, at least in the United Kingdom, people are not really allowed to throw metal cans away but have to stick them in recycling. Gone are the days when you could just feed your cat and chuck the can away. Now you have to clean out the can and submit it for recycling. Washing cans can be a slightly smelly and sometimes dangerous job, you could get your hands cut.

The following cat chow recipe saves you money and the hassle of washing sharp metal cans. It provides a meal fuller in fish than canned cat food with fish (anything from 10-55 percent in typical cans except the most expensive). It even provides the chow in small, manageable quantities if you follow these tips. Above all, this home-made fish chow is cheaper and quick to make with a microwave oven.

First buy your fish and also get a set of plastic drinking cups. Expensive canned cat food can cost $4 per kg or more. Next time you visit your fishmonger go and check the off-cuts in the off-cuts section like large fish heads, the pectoral sections with gills and pectoral fins and discarded chunks of fish flesh with bones.

Off-cuts are not normally found in supermarkets, so it will be something of a greener option for you to visit a local fishmonger if you have one (visiting small shops gives you more exercise, may yield you access to more local and usually cheaper produce than the stuff in supermarkets which are often over packaged).

This writer noted that these off-cuts were $2.50 per kg and purchased one kg. You may obtain some prime fish fillets which are not quite as fresh in the off-cuts section. Try and avoid skate fins which have strips of cartilage with meat.

Take it home and process immediately if you can to avoid smells and retain freshness. Your cat may watch you adoringly. Place the fish in a microwavable dish – a plastic fish steamer is ideal and steam from 30 seconds to two minutes. Put the fish in, bones and all as long as it fits into your fish steamer or bowl, with a cover to help cook it faster. You will be amazed to see how fast the fish cooks. It does not have to cook completely and may turn white. By this time the flesh will come off the bones and flake off easily.

Gather up the flakes by hand (leave some chunks that your cat will enjoy chewing on) to avoid small bones and deposit them into your plastic cups. You can fill the cups fully or up to two-thirds depending on the portion sizes you wish to allocate to your cat. The fish should be half cooked, maybe with some raw fish as well. Keep dealing with your fish until most of the flesh is in the cups. You can then discard the bones. Cover the cups in cling-film or shrink wrap plastic and freeze.

Next time you intend to feed your cat on this fish chow, take out one cup from the freezer and leave overnight in your fridge. By the morning it should have thawed. You can present the cat with the cold fish chow as a portion or as the entire contents of your cup. Most of the fish is chunky and leaves little residue. Rinse the cup out and you can use it again on a fresh batch of fish chow in the future.

This method saves you money, the discomforts in rinsing out a can and allocates 100 percent fish chow to your cat. Some of the cost of a can goes on the metal, so it certainly saves you that cost. It can make your kitchen smell a little, but ensures your contributing to not wasting the precious sea food resources from your fish monger.

You may also note the best and most environmentally-friendly fish (sustainably managed or farmed) for yourself during your shopping trip like carp, tilapia, catfish and Marine Stewardship Council certified seafood, or fish you know has healthy and abundant stocks in the sea or fresh water (check the Monteray Bay or Marine Conservation Society websites for example). Your cat should begin to purr when the home-made fish chow hits its plate.